"The Blade Runner lore is kind of irresistible. And the extraordinary pace of technological advancement since the movie came out means that there are a lot of opportunities to do something fresh."
"The risk is not just getting a movie made but coming up with a story that really justifies coming back one to one of the great science-fiction stories. A lot of filmmakers have borrowed from Blade Runner in the intervening years, and we want to make sure we don't look like we're borrowing from the movies that borrowed from it. Coming up with something original on our part is a real threshold issue. We know there are tremendous challenges here."
Blade Runner is set in the year 2019, where Rick Dekkard (Harrison Ford) tracks down "replicants," robots disguised as humans. Since the actual year 2019 isn't too far away, a prequel would likely be set in a year fairly close to the present day. Broderick Johnson revealed that a prequel would be set in an alternate universe.
"We haven't met Ridley Scott, but the thought of re-engaging with his artistic vision is very exciting, and [him directing] is something we think would be wonderful."
Blade Runner was released June 25th, 1982 and stars Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Brion James. The film is directed by Ridley Scott.